Auld in the Desert, Ekman in Russia
According to TSN, Alex Auld has signed a 1-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.
According to Kukla’s Korner, ex-Pens Nils Ekman has signed a contract in Russia.
Finally, according to Spector’s defensemen Jamie Heward has signed with Ska St. Pettersburg I personally thik that the Auld signing is a pretty good move by the ‘Yotes considering David Aebischer and Mikael Tellqvist aren’t exactly big time #1 goaltenders. So they are betting on an healthy competition between the three of them and hope one will take the lead and carry the team for a good part of the season.
Alex Auld being a big and in my opinion good goaltender still has some upside and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him outplay Aebischer and Tellqvist next season.
One of those goaltenders can also be used come trade deadline when Phoenix are out of the Playoffs picture so they don’t have much to lose signing a 26 year old goalie.